Grand Slam 2010 - Round 2

User avatar
steveoc
Posts: 350
Joined: Wed Apr 30, 2008 1:19 pm
Location: Glenelg, Adelaide

Grand Slam 2010 - Round 2

Postby steveoc » Mon Mar 01, 2010 6:20 pm

Round 1 out the way, Round 2 coming up on 18th April.

Only 7 weeks to get ready for this one !!

Provisional route has been posted on bikeSA site - and a mapmyride attempt to map it here :
http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/australia/littlehampton/461126741820429920

Route is subject to change between now and then.

I am not going to make any uninformed comments this time about how flat the route looks - haha - :oops: , but it does look a little bumpy this one, even with MMR's tendency to average out the gradients over a long distance.

Loop 1 covers typically spectacular Adelaide Hills areas, looking fwd to that section.

Be careful traversing Mt Barker - it gets pretty congested on the main road and roundabout through there, and the local motorists are not always cyclist friendly.

Loop 2 - a wonderful high speed descent for 20km through to Wistow .. should be a good opportunity to get the avg speed up. And then a 20km grind to climb back to Nairne. That road to Nairne is perfectly positioned to benefit from a tailwind, if current wind patterns keep up.

Im aiming for anything under 3hrs20mins on this one as a great time. Comments ?
Image
2010 GT GTR Carbon Team
2008 Avanti Giro, Lime Green
"Middle Age" postponed for another year ...

rustychisel
Posts: 3471
Joined: Thu Jan 10, 2008 1:39 pm

Re: Grand Slam 2010 - Round 2

Postby rustychisel » Mon Mar 01, 2010 11:22 pm

There is no such thing as a descent to Wistow. You'll remember that piece of advice later.

CliffG
Posts: 28
Joined: Thu Sep 18, 2008 2:09 pm
Location: Adelaide Hills

Re: Grand Slam 2010 - Round 2

Postby CliffG » Tue Mar 02, 2010 9:24 am

rustychisel wrote:There is no such thing as a descent to Wistow. You'll remember that piece of advice later.


Too right.

I presume steveoc means the fantastic run down tinpot hill to Woodchester.

The grind back to Nairne thru Kanmantoo will be a headwind. It always is. It's a meteorological conundrum.

Have fun.

Dr_Mutley
Posts: 2524
Joined: Fri Jan 11, 2008 2:28 pm
Location: Flagstaff Hill, Adelaide SA 5159
Contact:

Re: Grand Slam 2010 - Round 2

Postby Dr_Mutley » Sat Apr 17, 2010 7:58 pm

anyone having trouble with the bikesa site registering tonite??

bionic wombat
Posts: 201
Joined: Sun Aug 16, 2009 7:52 am
Location: Planet - Earth

Re: Grand Slam 2010 - Round 2

Postby bionic wombat » Sat Apr 17, 2010 8:03 pm

Looking forward to the 100 km grind - just hoping its not going to be sub zero temps at the start!
Image

User avatar
limetang
Posts: 390
Joined: Fri Mar 19, 2010 2:27 pm
Location: Woodcroft - SA

Re: Grand Slam 2010 - Round 2

Postby limetang » Sat Apr 17, 2010 8:20 pm

Got my kit all set out for tomorrow morning, will have to get to bed nice and early this time unlike Grand Slam #1...... see you there rain or shine!

bionic wombat
Posts: 201
Joined: Sun Aug 16, 2009 7:52 am
Location: Planet - Earth

Re: Grand Slam 2010 - Round 2

Postby bionic wombat » Sun Apr 18, 2010 5:01 pm

what a ride ! - did 100 kms in three hours 50 minutes - not too shabby for 40 year old bloke despite the chain keep slipping off !
Image

Patdys
Posts: 100
Joined: Wed Dec 16, 2009 6:51 pm
Location: Adelaide

Re: Grand Slam 2010 - Round 2

Postby Patdys » Sun Apr 18, 2010 5:37 pm

I like the Hills.
I hate the wind.
I really hate the wind.

Thanks Bike SA. Usual quality event.
05 Azzuri Primo (bought in 08)
10 BMC Team Machine
Image

User avatar
feeltherush
Posts: 58
Joined: Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:52 pm
Location: Adelaide Hills

Re: Grand Slam 2010 - Round 2

Postby feeltherush » Sun Apr 18, 2010 7:46 pm

Good solid day on the bike.

First loop was very pleasant, mind you those ups and downs take their toll after a while.

Happy to see some flatter terrain at the start of the second loop until we turned at Woodchester (a big thanks to Glenn on his fixie; I don't know how those guys do it?, I think it would have been twice as hard if it wasn't for us helping each other out, and he stayed with me while I changed a puncture on that stretch as well so thanks again.)

Those couple of hills heading into Dawsley at the 90km mark were nasty but all in all a good day out with great weather (except for that wind).

Thanks again to BikeSA for great organisation and I was really impressed with the amount of people that turned out to do the ride this morning, well done to everyone.
"Don't Wish It Were Easier... Wish You Were Better!"

bionic wombat
Posts: 201
Joined: Sun Aug 16, 2009 7:52 am
Location: Planet - Earth

Re: Grand Slam 2010 - Round 2

Postby bionic wombat » Tue Apr 20, 2010 4:53 pm

grand slam 2010 route #2 photos are up

http://www.epsomrdstudios.com.au/
Image

crackoflunch
Posts: 6
Joined: Mon Feb 15, 2010 9:32 pm

Re: Grand Slam 2010 - Round 2

Postby crackoflunch » Mon Apr 26, 2010 6:04 pm

feeltherush wrote:First loop was very pleasant, mind you those ups and downs take their toll after a while.


This was my first Grand Slam, limited Klms in my legs at this stage but the first loop more than softened the legs. The incline on a couple nearly popped a few blood vessels. Noticed a large number of riders had a couple of gears lower than mine. (53/42 : 13/23), since been researching compact cranks. How many use these?

Fantastic countryside. Looking forward for the next stage, hopefully a bit better prepared.

cheers

User avatar
hotwheels
Posts: 17
Joined: Wed Mar 31, 2010 10:53 am
Location: Adelaide N/E

Re: Grand Slam 2010 - Round 2

Postby hotwheels » Wed Apr 28, 2010 1:33 pm

crackoflunch wrote:
feeltherush wrote:First loop was very pleasant, mind you those ups and downs take their toll after a while.


This was my first Grand Slam, limited Klms in my legs at this stage but the first loop more than softened the legs. The incline on a couple nearly popped a few blood vessels. Noticed a large number of riders had a couple of gears lower than mine. (53/42 : 13/23), since been researching compact cranks. How many use these?

i have tried them previously but found my legs couldn't keep up on fast descents.i see your fronts are 53/42 i believe the "norm"(or should i say more common) is 53/39 which i have, so smaller front chainring could be a cheaper option. also 12/25 is a common rear cassette which would also give you different climbing capabilities.one or the combination of these may be worth looking into.

Patdys
Posts: 100
Joined: Wed Dec 16, 2009 6:51 pm
Location: Adelaide

Re: Grand Slam 2010 - Round 2

Postby Patdys » Thu Apr 29, 2010 2:11 pm

Aren't fast descents for freewheeling and thinking 'wheeeeeeeee'?
05 Azzuri Primo (bought in 08)
10 BMC Team Machine
Image

User avatar
MichaelB
Posts: 7404
Joined: Tue Feb 20, 2007 9:29 am
Location: Adelaide, South Australia

Re: Grand Slam 2010 - Round 2

Postby MichaelB » Thu Apr 29, 2010 4:28 pm

I run a 36/50 Compact front and 12/27 rear.

At my size, for the steeper parts you need all the help you can sometimes, but generally find myself in the 24 or 21 T out the back for most climbs.

It all depends on the bike, the mood at the time, the funds and whether you can be bothered.

bionic wombat
Posts: 201
Joined: Sun Aug 16, 2009 7:52 am
Location: Planet - Earth

Re: Grand Slam 2010 - Round 2

Postby bionic wombat » Thu May 13, 2010 3:03 pm

Round three is posted BIKE SA
Image

User avatar
Dahondude
Posts: 216
Joined: Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:13 am

Re: Grand Slam 2010 - Round 2

Postby Dahondude » Thu May 13, 2010 3:35 pm

hotwheels wrote:This was my first Grand Slam, limited Klms in my legs at this stage but the first loop more than softened the legs. The incline on a couple nearly popped a few blood vessels. Noticed a large number of riders had a couple of gears lower than mine. (53/42 : 13/23), since been researching compact cranks. How many use these?

i have tried them previously but found my legs couldn't keep up on fast descents.i see your fronts are 53/42 i believe the "norm"(or should i say more common) is 53/39 which i have, so smaller front chainring could be a cheaper option. also 12/25 is a common rear cassette which would also give you different climbing capabilities.one or the combination of these may be worth looking into.


I run a 52/39 on the front and 12/27 on the back. You get the best of both worlds...can still crank it up to 60+km/h pedalling if you want/need to but with the 39/27 you can climb pretty much any hill there is without having to get out of the saddle.
Image
Schwinn Madison single speed
Trek 1500
Centurion Equaliser
Avanti MTB converted to single speed

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users